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Kasen Brennise, 12, stands near his 9-year-old quarter horse Bart on Wednesday afternoon at an indoor arena near Craig where Kasen practices for rodeo events. Bart wears a trophy saddle Kasen won at a 2011 Little Britches Rodeo event in Rifle. The Craig Middle School sixth-grader also won the world champion barrel racer title at the 2008 National Finals Little Britches Rodeo.

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Little cowboy, big dreams

Kasen Brennise’s dream is to rodeo in one of the biggest arenas of them all: the National Finals Rodeo. The 12-year-old Craig resident is well on his way to realizing that goal. Kasen secured the title of world champion barrel racer during the 2008 National Finals Little Britches Rodeo. He was only 8 years old at the time. The Craig Middle School sixth-grader also won several saddles during his rodeo career and “I don’t know how many buckles,” said his father, Scott Brennise, 46.

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